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Jackson MS to Fairbanks AK
« on: December 31, 2016, 03:25:52 am »
So i pick up my 03 C10 in a week or two and I really think I want to take a big trip this summer in June for my 45th birthday. Seems like an 8K mile trip would fit the bill I think it can be done in a 12 day window easy enough and still let me sight see a little. Might be a bit ambitious but only want to use 7 days of time off, so work the Saturday before on leave on Jun 14th and be back home on June 25th ready to work the next day. Can do 1000 mile days up there and 800's back or there abouts. Just gotta figure out lodging or camping to help keep it on the cheap.

I am about 75% this will happen right now, I been wanting to do this for a long time and this seems like the time to do it. Any suggestions for this?


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Re: Jackson MS to Fairbanks AK
« Reply #1 on: December 31, 2016, 04:17:14 am »
   Watch this. may give you some tips.

           

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Re: Jackson MS to Fairbanks AK
« Reply #2 on: December 31, 2016, 06:44:49 am »
I have made that plan and headed west a couple of times.

First time I did FL-OR-down the west coast-TN (38 days C14)

Second time did TN-CO-OR-Yellowstone-Sturgis-TN (75 days KLR)

Went out west this year and just couldn't believe how far I still was from Anchorage while in Northern WA  :o

Seems once I get out west and surrounded by parks, mountains, rivers, great weather, riding, camping and rallies (with thinning tires and not quite halfway yet to Alaska)  - I just have enjoyed the west those three different times three different ways and hope to do it again every few years. Alaska is FAR! and $$$ and I would believe totally worth it. I'd just build extra time and money into that voyage. There's a string of goodness from the Grand Canyon up to Glacier and all in between. I wonder if I'll ever make that trip to Alaska. . . .

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Re: Jackson MS to Fairbanks AK
« Reply #3 on: December 31, 2016, 02:59:52 pm »
666.667 miles per day. Oh my azz.....   I know I couldn't do it. That's HUGE miles (for me). I MIGHT could average 300/day and still something besides truckstops and McD's. I don't think I could do that in a Cadillac. Might be worth a little internet cruising of the Iron Butt website but that's temporarily down (I see). But here are their tips:  http://www.ironbutt.com/tech/aowprintout.cfm


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Re: Jackson MS to Fairbanks AK
« Reply #4 on: December 31, 2016, 06:06:43 pm »
Just to make me seem less crazy, only using 7 days of time off but total of 12 dys for the trip, 5 up and 5 back with 2 for down time and issues. As for distance in a day with "good" roads 1000 in a day is not to bad for me, have done it a few time two up on my Goldwing 1500, and even did it on my 86 Honda Nighthawk but not two up. I am an Iron butt rider just dont register my trips because I would rather spend that extra time riding not donig paperwork 😁.

I think 1000 mile days is easy until I hit the Yukon, and may loose miles by half? I may have to suck it up and make Canada on the first day then 1200 to 1500 the next day and then take it easy at 500 a day there after. Then again if it stays light most of the day the would mean more easy miles.....until it pours all day.

Lots of good points and things to consider, and thanks for the link to the videos....except it makes me want to try for Prudhoe Bay....but wont fit my time schedule this year.

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Re: Jackson MS to Fairbanks AK
« Reply #5 on: January 07, 2017, 10:22:25 pm »
Old rule of thumb for maximizing enjoyment of vacations of all sorts:
1) cut your scope - the what you're doing (in your case, miles) - in half, and
2) bring 3X the money you wanted to spend. 

either way, take photos and post up a report!
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Re: Jackson MS to Fairbanks AK
« Reply #6 on: January 08, 2017, 12:19:18 am »
Have you been riding for awhile ? Thats a bunch of miles to do in a short time . I did 700 miles in one day after being without a bike for a few years . Not easy at all .
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Re: Jackson MS to Fairbanks AK
« Reply #7 on: January 08, 2017, 01:32:42 am »
im just north of you in booneville,  thats not a doable plan.  thats iron butt finisher mileage, and leaving you no bail out options except to turn around or wait till you get a new tire shipped in and so on.   understand the desire, but you need more time. and need to spend time between now and them checking out your bike.  if you like I have a buddy in florence whos ridden more IBA than i have on a concours.  go to the kickstand and ask for richard stevens someone there will get him in touch with you.or i will PM you his number.  also see larry buck and bruce barge on this forum, they are also iron butt riders who run connies.   12 days is enough to get to  grand canyon,the north rim, canyon de chelly,zion np, bryce canyon np. 4 corners,capital reef np. and arches np. you can have a really good trip and not be beat down. and there is help available in the area if needed.   dont want to rain on your parade but thats asking a lot of you,your bike, the weather and local road conditions with not a lot of support if stuff goes wrong.

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Re: Jackson MS to Fairbanks AK
« Reply #8 on: January 08, 2017, 04:03:52 pm »
Just thinking out loud here
I know it wouldnt be a cheap trip but have you thought about doing a fly/ride trip
Ship bike to Ak fly there and ride back or ride there and ship/fly back
You would have more non iron but days
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Re: Jackson MS to Fairbanks AK
« Reply #9 on: January 08, 2017, 07:16:38 pm »
With all of the neat stuff to see going, coming, and at the destination, why would one want to spend 15 hours a day in the heat and cold riding on mostly flat, ugly roads. Somewhere over 6000 miles of this trip is through "not so much fun" roads. And where the roads do get decent you will most likely be stuck behind big "B trains" and/or wreck all creation vehicles. And then there is the road construction delays to factor in.

Unless for some sort of endurance/feel good thing, there really appears no reason to put yourself through this. If the goal is to ride to somewhere in Alaska, go get yourself Hyderized in Hyder and save 800 miles each way and see better scenery. Then head up to Skagway and Haines City(use the ferry between these towns), time permitting. The Cassiar Hwy is one of those magical roads. You'll know what I mean once you've traveled it.

Expecting to average 900 miles a day to and from Fairbanks is not my idea of fun, not on those roads.

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Re: Jackson MS to Fairbanks AK
« Reply #10 on: January 08, 2017, 07:42:38 pm »
Still lot of good input and thanks!

Yes have been riding for about 16yrs now, and living where i do I can and do ride to work every day so average a little over 500 miles a week just commuting.

After all the comments and a little reflection I changed up the plan a little, leaving 3 days later get me the July 4th holiday in so a couple extra days for free. Will use 80 hrs of time off but have 17 days of travel with one day home to recover before going back to work.

Still plan on 1000 miles the first day but may spend a day with my buddy while in MN, then another 1000 miles or so up to Saskatoon in one hit. Then after that will drop the milage down to 8 or 10 hours a day. Will still hit fairbanks in the first week, then head back home but detour south a bit to salt lake city to visit my sister. Might fit a quick ride through yellow stone, then east for a bit to mt rushmoore and see a cousin,  then straight south to Albuquerque and spend a day or two with the parents then 17 hrs east on my last day to be home.

Still planing routes but the time frame is set and is longer.

As for the trip itself, it is not really to sight see or prove I can do it, not even about what roads I ride. I really don't care if it is twisty, hilly, curvy, paved, or dirt, or dead flat and straight for miles on end in the dark, I simply just like to ride all day long. I am happy to put on my helmet turn on the tunes and roll on the throttle. I am sure some of you get where I am coming from, but on the other hand I like adventures and camping, have never been to Canada so figure why not. I alson want to go through Dawson and hit the top of the world hwy.

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Re: Jackson MS to Fairbanks AK
« Reply #11 on: January 08, 2017, 08:11:08 pm »
if you are dead set on doing it figure on replacing a tire to get home on.
 start with fresh new tires. and have a replacement rear available for the return leg at a us dealer with a timeframe when you will arrive there. concours 150/80/16" rears will make 6-8k in occasional use,  just eating miles they go faster with the load, speed and heat.
more than once i had to get an unscheduled tire replacement to get home from the west coast. and connie size tires arent stocked at most dealers.
 when i was doing 20-30k per on my c-10 i used the goldwing 1500 size tires  those make 15k or more  but feels like someone jacked your bike up and slid a log truck under it handling wise until you get used to it.  if youre going to be sleeping out in alaska get a 20 degree bag, synthetic, its damp most of the way thru canada/alaska  and down will fail in wet conditions.and a silk bagliner.it gets cold at night even in the summer.  also you will need a hat with a bugnet on it for the mosquitoes long sleeve shirts pants and a big bottle of skeeter repellent.   and bearspray..
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Re: Jackson MS to Fairbanks AK
« Reply #12 on: January 08, 2017, 10:31:45 pm »
See if you can contact Rick 3 foxes , a member here . He made the trip from the east coast on 1 set of tires I believe . 12000 miles if I recall . Also check out his awesome videos on YouTube. I'll see if I can post a link for ya


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Re: Jackson MS to Fairbanks AK
« Reply #13 on: January 09, 2017, 12:33:51 am »
Still lot of good input and thanks!

Yes have been riding for about 16yrs now, and living where i do I can and do ride to work every day so average a little over 500 miles a week just commuting.

After all the comments and a little reflection I changed up the plan a little, leaving 3 days later get me the July 4th holiday in so a couple extra days for free. Will use 80 hrs of time off but have 17 days of travel with one day home to recover before going back to work.

Still plan on 1000 miles the first day but may spend a day with my buddy while in MN, then another 1000 miles or so up to Saskatoon in one hit. Then after that will drop the milage down to 8 or 10 hours a day. Will still hit fairbanks in the first week, then head back home but detour south a bit to salt lake city to visit my sister. Might fit a quick ride through yellow stone, then east for a bit to mt rushmoore and see a cousin,  then straight south to Albuquerque and spend a day or two with the parents then 17 hrs east on my last day to be home.

Still planing routes but the time frame is set and is longer.

As for the trip itself, it is not really to sight see or prove I can do it, not even about what roads I ride. I really don't care if it is twisty, hilly, curvy, paved, or dirt, or dead flat and straight for miles on end in the dark, I simply just like to ride all day long. I am happy to put on my helmet turn on the tunes and roll on the throttle. I am sure some of you get where I am coming from, but on the other hand I like adventures and camping, have never been to Canada so figure why not. I alson want to go through Dawson and hit the top of the world hwy.


Wow what a ride that will be.


But you better plan for a tire-change session.


Also, theres no quick way through Yellowstone NP.  Theres few passing zones and its 45mph.


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Re: Jackson MS to Fairbanks AK
« Reply #14 on: January 09, 2017, 01:27:49 am »
Bear spray: best check the legality of what you carry into Canada, And for (insert deity here)s sake don't bring a hand gun into Canada.

Also, the ground stays quite cold up there, perma frost.

Above all, have fun. And wave to the fake RCMP car in Teslin, YT.
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Re: Jackson MS to Fairbanks AK
« Reply #15 on: January 09, 2017, 02:34:45 am »
Bear spray: best check the legality of what you carry into Canada, And for (insert deity here)s sake don't bring a hand gun into Canada.

Also, the ground stays quite cold up there, perma frost.

Above all, have fun. And wave to the fake RCMP car in Teslin, YT.
thats why i said bear spray, cant carry a 6oz mace can or even the keyring size one for personal protection, but you can bring a 2lb can of bear spray..

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Re: Jackson MS to Fairbanks AK
« Reply #16 on: January 09, 2017, 08:26:07 am »
Bear spray: best check the legality of what you carry into Canada, And for (insert deity here)s sake don't bring a hand gun into Canada.

Also, the ground stays quite cold up there, perma frost.

Above all, have fun. And wave to the fake RCMP car in Teslin, YT.
thats why i said bear spray, cant carry a 6oz mace can or even the keyring size one for personal protection, but you can bring a 2lb can of bear spray..

Thanx for the clarification. I knew there was some sort of rule there.
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Re: Jackson MS to Fairbanks AK
« Reply #17 on: January 10, 2017, 12:39:23 pm »
Taking a 14 year old used (but new-to-you) motorcycle) on a trek like that without substantial saddle experience is optimistic IMO.  You may have ridden lots of high mile days on your GL 1500 but a C10 is NOT a GL. It sits differently, it handles differently, it feels differently. How comfortable are you going to be riding a 700lb+ bike on poorly surfaced roadways?

What's your mechanical ability? Have you ever seen anyone adjust the valves? Do you know what's involved in removing/replacing the fairing parts? How confident are you in the condition of this bike? When was the suspension last serviced or the valves adjusted? Are the carbs clean?

I would hope that you're going to spend the time between your picking up the motorcycle and departure getting VERY familiar/comfortable with what it takes to maintain a C10. 

Good luck. Post up a travelogue of the adventure.
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Re: Jackson MS to Fairbanks AK
« Reply #18 on: January 10, 2017, 09:48:58 pm »
All good points, and I am set, I am a gear head and can do anything on the bike at all, I even change and balance my own tires. I do not have the patience or trust to take any of my vehicles to the shop. I build engines, transmissions, replace bearings, weld, paint and modify all kinds of stuff. I am very comfortable and confident the bike will be ready for the trip by June.

I was a desert racer on ATV's in the early 2000s and had an old Yamaha TT600 dirt bike that I just about wore out riding off road, and I was fine taking the goldwing down dirt roads quite often so dont see any issue there. Excellent points you made and great info for others to consider too if they plan a trip like this, and for myself.

I will be over and over every aspect of this adventure, the bike, the routes, my gear, and my health several times before I leave. June only seems like a long way off but will be here in no time, i have not been real big on documenting trips and stuff in the past but will try to post up a lot here as i prepare. Just got some new gear in today so gonna go mess with that and will review it all soon.

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Re: Jackson MS to Fairbanks AK
« Reply #19 on: January 14, 2017, 03:28:53 am »
Well tomorrw is my big day, picking up the new to ke bike!! :)

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Re: Jackson MS to Fairbanks AK
« Reply #20 on: January 14, 2017, 03:47:14 am »
Well tomorrw is my big day, picking up the new to ke bike!! :)
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Re: Jackson MS to Fairbanks AK
« Reply #21 on: January 14, 2017, 06:09:13 pm »
Well tomorrw is my big day, picking up the new to ke bike!! :)

Hoot, Hoot.

Still can't identify with your travel plans and especially schedule.   But that's me - not you!

Request that you try to break with your habit of not documenting your travels and take photos
and every 2nd day entering a post with photos.  A lot of us have brought older bikes up to snuff,
but few have done your trip.  Just a suggestion - enjoy everything.
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Re: Jackson MS to Fairbanks AK
« Reply #22 on: January 14, 2017, 06:26:26 pm »
How was the 1st day with your new-to-you Connie? Did you ride her home? (these bikes don't like being trailered)  :motonoises:

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Re: Jackson MS to Fairbanks AK
« Reply #23 on: January 15, 2017, 01:40:35 am »
I love it so far. Runs great but will need to do a few things soon, oil n filter, lube it all up then bigger stuff like steering bearings and tires n brakes and check the shaft. I only got in 150 miles today before i came home but as usual got right to work on it with a few mods and a fix. The throtle had slop which turned out to be routed wrong on the cables and one of them was a little busted but i fixed it with a zip tie until I buy a new one, just the very end of the adjuster at the grip is broken a little but now its good.

So it does have bar risers and is in good shape over all and even already had a K&N air filter so I think the PO might have been a gear head or at least took care of it. The first thing I did was put led tail lights in since one was out anyway and I have a box of them in the shop from when I had my goldwing. Next up was the cable fix and remove the slop, then ditched the foam grips and put on oxford heated grips and a kako throttle lock. Will go ride tomorrow and order some oil and a filter and new spark plugs, the K&N was very clean so all good there. It has some almost new shinko tires so will roll those for a while but prolly get some new avons or something before I take any big trips. So far I am positive I made a good choice!



And of course had to take is apart a little just to see what was in there, oh and also to hook up the heated grips and a lead for my heated jacket. It had a battey tender lead on it but took it off and tossed it, I have no need for that since I ride every day.




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Re: Jackson MS to Fairbanks AK
« Reply #24 on: January 15, 2017, 02:26:23 am »
Pick up a spare j box or send yours to Larry Buck for re soldering . I did both before my big trip. J box issues are a known problem with our bikes .


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